Michael Shipp PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Michael serves as the NTP Program Director, and is a USA Triathlon Level 1 Certified Coach. Upon moving to the DMV from Philadelphia in 2016, Michael joined DC Triathlon Club (DCTC) in preparation for Ironman Maryland. Michael also supports the club as a DC Triathlon Club Swim Maters Coach, and has served on the 2017-18 Board of Directors for District Triathlon, an organization working to encourage, inspire, support and increase the participation of People of Color in triathlon. After serving 8 years in the military, Michael joined Team Red, White and Blue, who introduced him to the sport in 2014. When Michael isn’t training or coaching, he enjoys spaces that allow him to be creative through writing and photography, as well as working with like minded people who are inspired to build better, more inclusive communities.
Kelly Lefler PROGRAM MANAGER
Kelly joined DC Tri Club in 2015 and has been racing triathlons since 2011. She has raced all four distances and is trying to complete a race in every state. Her favorite part of triathlon is the fun supportive community (… and carb loading with ice cream). Kelly has been a coordinator with NTP and the Elite Team Liaison since 2017. When not training, Kelly enjoys cooking, eating, and traveling.
Juliana Bilowich PROGRAM MANAGER
Jules completed DC Tri Club’s New Triathlete Program in 2019 after dabbling in adventure races and other sports. Her favorite part of triathlon is committing to physical and mental health routines (and partying after the race). In her spare time, she travels, cooks, and cheers on Washington, DC’s WNBA team, the Mystics.
Ennis Elvord PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Ennis is a certified AFAA group fitness instructor with a specialty in Les Mills Body Attack fitness format. He is currently working on a NASM certifications to become a certified personal trainer, weight loss specialist, and certified nutritional coach. He has completed two half marathons and a savage race. For fun, he plays tennis, squash, basketball, and standup paddle-boarding.
Melani Robinson PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Melani has been a member of DC Tri Club since 2019, when she joined NTP in preparation for her first triathlon. Although she’s grown to love the bike adventures alongside friends, Melani came into the sport with a strong running background, having finished three marathons to date. Now that Melani has a bit of experience under her belt, she is looking to take on the HALF IRONMAN DISTANCE in the near future! When she’s not training or racing, Melani works in IT for a healthcare provider. In her free time she enjoys traveling, playing soccer, and exploring the city. Melani has been a consistent member of November Project DC and plans monthly happy hours and social events for the group.
Mary Cousins COMMUNITY GROUP LIAISON
Mary joined DC Tri Club in 2014 as an NTP participant and picked up some great friends along the way. She likes the sprint distance but recently did an Olympic distance after completing the Club’s ODP program and plans to do more. The structure provided by the Club’s programs along with opportunities to train and learn from other triathletes has helped Mary meet and set new goals in her triathlon journey. Outside of training, Mary enjoys volunteering at a downtown tutoring program, seeing local theater, and meeting with her book club.
Kyoko Kawai COMMUNITY GROUP LIAISON
Kyoko joined the DC Tri Club in 2011 as a member of NTP. After she completed her first sprint distance triathlon (NTP graduation race), she has raced and finished wide range of triathlon races including Ironman 140.6 distance. She believes that the NTP provided her a solid foundation to enjoy triathlon and wants to give back to the program by serving as an NTP coordinator. She has been in a NTP leadership team since 2015 NTP (2020 NTP is her 6th year). She also coaches DC Tri Club NoVa weekly track workout.
Brian Lehman COMMUNITY GROUP LIAISON
Brian completed the NTP program in 2018 and has been a proud member of DC Tri Club ever since. He came to triathlon through a lifelong swimming career and has been slowly learning to do the other two sports required to call oneself a triathlete. After two seasons of Olympic distances, he’s tackling his first 70.3 this summer. He is also an active member of both the Tri-Out group and Masters Swim Program.
Catharine My COMMUNITY GROUP LIAISON
Catharine joined the DC Tri Club in 2011 as a member of NTP. She also started the DC Tri Club Masters Swim program because she the level of swimming she did before NTP was on par with swimming up to the pool bar and not dying when someone threw her into the pool. Now she’s a level 2 US Masters Swim certified coach and enjoys helping everyone find their inner mermaid or merman. Catharine is also one of the leads of the DC Tri Club’s Slow2Mod group, and a member of our MOCO group. Hey – the rules say that athletes are allowed to crawl to the finish line. And that she did for her Half Ironmans, marathons, and various other distances.
Daniela OchoaDiaz COMMUNITY GROUP LIAISON
Daniela (She/Ella/Elle) discovered the triathlon world in 2016 and joined DCTri Club in late 2017 to coach in the club Master Swim Program. Daniela loves swimming and is a full water baby, she’s happiest in beautiful open water settings. She’s completed sprint, olympic, and most recently she completed her first half Ironman distance race. Daniela served on the Board of Directors for District Triathlon from 2017-2018 whose aim is to increase the number of People of Color in the sport of triathlon.
Daniela loves community building and post workout eats to bring people together.
Kristina Trotta COMMUNITY GROUP LIAISON
New to the world of triathlons, Kristina (she/her) joined DC Tri Club as a member of NTP in 2019. She did the goal race with broken foot (not a good move), described it as 90% the worst, and signed up for 2 more races that night. She spends the time she’s not swimming, biking, or running working to protect the oceans, learning languages (Hablas espanol? An bhfuil Gaeilge agat?), and making her way through a massive to-be-read list.
Courtney Waltimyer COMMUNITY GROUP LIAISON
Courtney joined DC Tri Club in 2017 after a DNF of St Croix 70.3 due to a lack of experience and training. Not knowing how to swim, Courtney joined Masters Swim 3 months before her next attempt of a 70.3. After that finish, she got the triathlon bug and hired a coach in late 2018 to hold herself accountable. Having help from her coach she was able to complete 3 70.3’s and 2 full Ironmans in 2019. Unfortunately, she says she still is not a swimmer! Her favorite part of triathlon is the community and learning something about yourself during each race.